Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting - Italy

Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting

5 star rating   30 September 2018

Jaana who has been on 13 In The Saddle rides. A wonderfully relaxing holiday with plenty of riding, excellent wine, and delicious home cooked food. | The horses were a better standard than I expected, and very well cared for. There was plenty of riding, even on 1/2 day rides. The terrain is a little challenging in places, but exactly as I expected it to be. We had a nervous rider(s) in the group (not In the Saddle clients) which probably made the ride slower than usual, especially the first few days.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
5 star rating
How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
4 star rating
How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
4 star rating

The Accommodation

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
4 star rating
How would you rate the standard of the food?
5 star rating

Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

This is a county house, and the rooms are well fit for the purpose. They are not luxurious, but then they do not need to be. My friend and I had separate rooms upstairs with a shared bathroom and it worked very well for us.

The meals were delicious home made meals. Simple Italian cooking at its best, and always accompanied with local red wine.

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
5 star rating
Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
5 star rating

How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

I have been a customer for many years, and I do not even look elsewhere when I start planning my next riding holiday. The service is excellent, I always get very appropriate information regarding different rides (both ups and downs and how the right might suit me), which helps me to select the holiday from a wide range of options. It means there are never any unpleasant surprises and I cannot remember when I would have been disappointed when I actually get to the holiday destination.

How could we improve the way we handled your booking and payment?

No need to change anything from my perspective.

Do you have any other feedback for us?

Having done a few fast riders in the past years I wanted to book something a little slower pace and relaxing, combined with culture and beautiful nature. This ride ticked all the ride boxes for me. If anything it was better than I expected, especially in terms of the quality and care of the horses. Donatella and Sadio are fantastic hosts with a very detailed eye on customer care. We had such a relaxing and enjoyable week.